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Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it. The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it. The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend. Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands...together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard. With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?


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Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it. The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it. The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend. Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands...together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard. With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    _ngallagher

    This book was SO FUN! Truly was such a sweet mix of The Unhoneymooners and The Hating Game! A wholesome romance that I couldn’t put down and that ending ???!!!? Didnt see that coming!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Ladies and gentlemen! Make some noise for one of the sweetest, most tempting, enchanting, heartfelt, hilarious, romantic novels I’ve read lately! And let’s raise our glasses (actually I already finished another bottle during my read: sorry, I got my thirsty when I get excited!) to those brilliant characters: Henley and Graeme - even though name choices are a little strange, Henley is shining like a rock star and Graeme is deliciously charming to consume with marshmallow and dark chocolate during Ladies and gentlemen! Make some noise for one of the sweetest, most tempting, enchanting, heartfelt, hilarious, romantic novels I’ve read lately! And let’s raise our glasses (actually I already finished another bottle during my read: sorry, I got my thirsty when I get excited!) to those brilliant characters: Henley and Graeme - even though name choices are a little strange, Henley is shining like a rock star and Graeme is deliciously charming to consume with marshmallow and dark chocolate during your camp trip! It’s true this is great mashup of Hating Games meet Honeymooners! I have to admit: it is so much better than the both books because: - Better approach to frenemies: There is enemies to lovers theme as you may guess but characters are not childish, immature or obnoxious! As soon as you learn more about their back stories, you start to empathize with both of them. And their sizzling, outstandingly hot, smoking chemistry hooks you up and you just find yourself chanting them to kiss and tear each other’s clothes! - Absolutely better characterization: Henley is hard worker, disciplined but also caring, golden hearted, loyal heroine. She works her ass off to achieve her goals and she always plays fair, does everything to protect her loved ones even though it means babysitting, spoiling her sister. And Graeme was sweet, sexy, smart and emotional hero: a dreamy book boyfriend who always supportive, caring and lovely from the beginning. - Spectacular location: The cruise to Galapagos with its remarkable nature, memorable views is the perfect choice for growing romance and it also takes your mind away and make you smile so deeply as you wear your ugly pajamas, lying on your couch and holding this digital copy of the book. Even you look miserable, this book takes you places and helps you visualize your postponed holiday plans. - Best supporting characters Oscar goes to....: Supporting characters are so lovely! In the beginning, I have questions about Walsh: yes she is flirty, spoiled brat who seems lost and no proper idea how to form her life path but at the second half of the book, I enjoyed her energetic, hot blooded, straightforward characteristics. But NIKOLAI STOLE THE SHOW! I laughed so hard at his parts! Especially his dance moves! Okay I gave away too much. I stop right here! - Overall: Ultra entertaining, spectacular romcom, a fantastic cruise trip, friendship, sisterhood, women power, hot chemistry, true romance, adorable characters. What are you waiting for! Go and attend that journey! I’m giving five blazing, breezy, exotic, well-earned stars! This is a brilliant debut and I congratulate Angie Hockman for writing this remarkable journey! I cannot wait to read her upcoming works! Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sharing this incredible ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5/5 SO F*CKING CUTE. This is exactly what it claims to be, The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game. A hate to love romance where they are both up for the same promotion (much like The Hating Game) and they are forced to go on a company cruise together (which feels similar to the honeymoon situation in Unhoneymooners). Henley and Graeme have the best banter, the best chemistry, I was literally giddy the entire time I was reading this and smiling like an idiot. Graeme is my ideal male love inter 4.5/5 SO F*CKING CUTE. This is exactly what it claims to be, The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game. A hate to love romance where they are both up for the same promotion (much like The Hating Game) and they are forced to go on a company cruise together (which feels similar to the honeymoon situation in Unhoneymooners). Henley and Graeme have the best banter, the best chemistry, I was literally giddy the entire time I was reading this and smiling like an idiot. Graeme is my ideal male love interest to read about, he’s smart and funny and really soft on the inside, but he’s quick with his snarky remarks and their relationship is just so damn cute. This book was so fun, I loved everything about the competitive nature of them both trying to get this job, and I also loved the underlying messages about how women always have to work ten times harder than men for the same benefits and it’s exhausting and unfair. The only reason I knocked off a half star is because I didn’t LOVE the ending the way I loved the rest of the book - I thought the ending focused a little too much on their jobs and not on the romance, I would’ve like more romance at the end, but despite that one complaint, this is definitely one of my new favorite romance novels I’ve read this year. I literally SHIPPED it so hard, see what I did there? 🤪

  4. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    this definitely lives up to The Hating Game & The Unhoneymooners comparisons. if you're in the market for something similar, i can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this. i was just hoping for a slightly fresher take on the enemies-to-lovers-in-paradise trope thing. i also think there could have been a little more focus on the romance and a little less focus on the business side of things. some people will enjoy the details, and i didn't think it was done poorly. just not something i care much about this definitely lives up to The Hating Game & The Unhoneymooners comparisons. if you're in the market for something similar, i can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this. i was just hoping for a slightly fresher take on the enemies-to-lovers-in-paradise trope thing. i also think there could have been a little more focus on the romance and a little less focus on the business side of things. some people will enjoy the details, and i didn't think it was done poorly. just not something i care much about in a romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was VERY, VERY fun. TW: ocean/deep water anxiety, sharks, abusive relationships (not between main couple), emotional manipulation (not between main couple)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars When I saw this book was compared to 'The Unhoneymooners' and 'The Hating Game' I was a little nervous. I mean. those are some big shoes to fill. After reading, I've got to say... it's accurate. If The Hating Game (my favorite enemies to lovers romance) and The Unhoneymooners had a love child, Shipped would be it! It was an exceptional enemies to lovers/work place romance that had that destination aspect. Henley has never met Graeme in person, but she knows she can't stand him. And 4.5 stars When I saw this book was compared to 'The Unhoneymooners' and 'The Hating Game' I was a little nervous. I mean. those are some big shoes to fill. After reading, I've got to say... it's accurate. If The Hating Game (my favorite enemies to lovers romance) and The Unhoneymooners had a love child, Shipped would be it! It was an exceptional enemies to lovers/work place romance that had that destination aspect. Henley has never met Graeme in person, but she knows she can't stand him. And they're up for the same promotion at work. She works for a travel company and when she finds out she has to take one of their cruises... with Graeme... she doesn't know how to feel. She quickly finds out that Graeme is nothing like she expected him to be. To get the job of her dreams, she has to have a better idea than Graeme. She has to best him. The problem? The more time she spends with him, the more she realized that he isn't quite the villain she's made him out to be. In fact, he's pretty amazing. The chemistry and banter between Henley and Graeme- off the charts. Henley was a little headstrong and stubborn, but she had her reasons for being the way she was. Being a woman in her workplace wasn't easy. And Graeme- sigh. What an amazing hero. I couldn't have loved the guy more. He was a true sweetheart and he really liked and respected Hadley and wanted what was best for her. I cannot believe that this is a debut novel. It's so well written, fun, witty, and was a blast to read. There is nothing I love more than falling head over heels with a new author. This is a book I'll highly recommend to all lovers of romance. Take a chance on Shipped. You won't regret it! Graham Cracker-Collins has become simply Graeme: the person who makes my heart rap-a-tap-tap whenever I even think about seeing him, and the biggest surprise of my life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    3.5 stars Reading this feels like dating someone and wondering if he’s actually good or you’re just desperate. This was such a light fun read that ended up being such a pleasant surprise. I was hesitant about reading this book because of the hating game and the unhoneymooners comparison, two books I really enjoyed. However, it was still so cute. Also, This has the ending I wanted but didn’t get from the ex talk!! which is a bonus! First of all, the setting was perfect! I loved it. I also really lo 3.5 stars Reading this feels like dating someone and wondering if he’s actually good or you’re just desperate. This was such a light fun read that ended up being such a pleasant surprise. I was hesitant about reading this book because of the hating game and the unhoneymooners comparison, two books I really enjoyed. However, it was still so cute. Also, This has the ending I wanted but didn’t get from the ex talk!! which is a bonus! First of all, the setting was perfect! I loved it. I also really loved the sister’s relationship and the underlying message about how women aren’t treated as equal to men in the work industry and how they always have to work many times harder to prove themselves. I appreciated the ending and how awesome Henley was. How she decided to stand for herself instead of just “accepting it” like in the ex talk (yes I’m still salty about that!) and I loved how all her friends stood by her side and helped her like that. I wasn’t a huge fan of Henley at first, but I started to like her more and she started to show some character growth. I even started to like her competitive overachieving nature. The reason why I didn’t rate this higher is because it was more work focused than romance focused, which wasn’t necessary a bad thing. I just needed more of their romance I think. Song recommendation: The man by Taylor Swift Take a chance on me by ABBA

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    2 stars ⭐ To compare this book to The Hating Game and The Unhoneymooners is a disservice to what I consider to be my all time favourite romance novels. The fact that I genuinely believed I was going to love this book, makes my disappointment 10 times worse. *this book’s blurb exists* me: In a nutshell, Shipped is about Henley and Graeme who work together, have never met in person before, but are now running for the same position. Their boss assigns them the job to come up with a proposal to increas 2 stars ⭐ To compare this book to The Hating Game and The Unhoneymooners is a disservice to what I consider to be my all time favourite romance novels. The fact that I genuinely believed I was going to love this book, makes my disappointment 10 times worse. *this book’s blurb exists* me: In a nutshell, Shipped is about Henley and Graeme who work together, have never met in person before, but are now running for the same position. Their boss assigns them the job to come up with a proposal to increase their sales at their travelling company and to do that they will be going on a week trip to the Galápagos Islands to find some inspiration. Henley hates Graeme, however, when they finally meet and get to know each other better, she finds out that maybe he is not the bad guy she thought he was. From the first few pages, I could tell I was not going to love this one, simply because it didn’t grip me from the beginning and I wasn’t particularly liking the writing. Regardless, I was still hoping to enjoy it since the premise sounded like a story right up my alley. I don’t want to be straight up mean and unfair to this book and its author, so I’m going to share the aspects I liked about it first. To start with, the love interest wasn’t a jackass - he was actually pretty nice. I KNOW, SHOCKING, RIGHT?? I’m not kidding though, I made several notes on my ebook saying just that: “OMG HE’S SO NICE”. Although that doesn’t really excuse him for being a super bland character in the end, but I'll get to that later. Secondly, this book is kind of funny, I’m not going to lie. I think that’s especially due to Nikolai, who is a guest on this trip and is completely enamored by Henley from the moment he lays his eyes on her. A perfect example (a quote from him) follows: I am like vodka. It is, on first taste, not everyone’s favorite. But after a few sips, you may find you like it. Might sound creepy, but I swear in context, it's funny, especially when you imagine him saying it with a Russian accent, which he has. And… that’s it. That’s all I liked. Now, moving on to my rant. Grab some popcorn because this is going to be a long one. My biggest issue with this book is the main character, Henley. OH MY GOD, HOW ANNOYING AND UNGRATEFUL CAN A PERSON BE?!?? I swear, at first, I really tried to give her the benefit of the doubt since she seemed to have a reasonable reason to dislike Graeme. But I could not endure her annoying ass self as she continues to grasp at straws for more reasons to hate him and be an asshole, after realising she had the wrong impression of him all along. A comprehensive yet incomplete list of examples: 1) She skips breakfast to take care of her sister who ended up tagging along for the trip and got sick. Graeme notices, offers her his snack because they’re going for a long hike not too long after and she immediately flat out refuses. No “thank you”s, no “you don’t have to do that”, nothing, zilch! But can you guess it? After a few lines of dialogue, she begrudgingly accepts it. As if SHE is doing HIM a favor. Ok, maybe you don’t think that’s a big deal. Sure, she was a bit rude, but so what? Well, don’t worry, I’m just getting started! :) 2) Graeme starts taking photos of the wildlife and nature they have on the island to kick start his proposal idea for the promotion, literally just doing his job, like they were supposed to, since that’s the whole reason they’re on that trip in the first place and this woman literally says “If this is how Graeme is going to play, I need to step up my game.” What GAME IS HE PLAYING THOUGH????? He’s just doing HIS JOB!! She acts as if he has this whole plan to take her down, as if he’s shown any real indication of that throughout this entire novel, as if hasn’t been nothing but friendly and kind since they met in person for the first time, when, in fact, she’s the one who’s acting vindictive and vengeful. I mean, she literally writes in her notes, calls it a TASK, to defeat Graeme. Her. Literal. Words. MAKE IT MAKE SENSE. 3) They go snorkeling and Henley has an intense fear of bodies of water due to a traumatic experience in the ocean when she was a child. Graeme quickly realises she isn’t too keen on the idea to go snorkeling when the idea is first brought up a few chapters back. So when they do finally go snorkeling, he joins the beginners group along with Henley, although he isn’t really a newbie, since he’s worried about her. Henley tries to snorkel on her own, fails miserably because, like I’ve mentioned, she’s terrified of being underwater. Graeme at first goes to do his own thing, but then sees Henley struggling, offers to help, she reluctantly accepts it, and guess what? He’s able to get her to relax and they go snorkeling together. It’s great, they have an amazing time. But then what happens? Graeme lets it slip that he’s not a beginner and Henley just about freaks the hell out. She has a full on outburst about it saying she could have figured it out on her own and his help was useless. And, to add to that, freaking leaves him alone in the ocean, gets on a boat and goes back to the island. What the HECK is wrong with her???? 4) She is constantly comparing her relationship with Graeme with the one she had with another guy at her old workplace who basically screwed her over. Look, I get it, it makes sense for her to be more hesitant about her relationship with Graeme, but that’s not an excuse for her to be a total bitch to him as well as constantly flipping back and forth on whether or not she wants to be with him. Of course, we could always talk about how much of a bitch she is to her sister, or how she says Graeme doesn’t deserve the promotion because her idea is much better, even though it really isn’t the best in the context of what was asked for her, in my opinion (I know that, in the end, her boss turns out to be a complete dick and was planning to steal her idea and that’s why he chose Graeme’s proposal over hers, but, honestly, I agree with him when he says he didn’t think Henley’s was the best given the task required), but we’re not going to do that. Since I briefly mentioned it, I guess we can talk about that last three chapters because what the bloody hell was that??? (yes, I have turned British) The drama was so unnecessary for this story, I couldn't care less. Why would I give a flying crap about her boss and how much of a jerk he is? I get it that the author was probably trying to take a stance on the injustices that many women face on their male-dominant workplaces on a daily basis, but how is that relevant to a ROMANCE novel???? Maybe if this was women’s fiction or an adult contemporary, but this a ROMANCE novel, I’m reading this book because I want ROMANCE. I feel like it’s pretty self-explanatory. Sure, you can include other themes, the story doesn’t have to be ALL about the main relationship. But waste THREE chapters on this useless conflict, ESPECIALLY the LAST chapter where I would expect the relationship to be consolidated and have a proper resolution to (instead of the protagonist and her love interest being on an Uber and the latter referring to the former as his girlfriend and her being like “oh really? I’m your girlfriend?” and that’s how THAT happens???)?? It’s ridiculous, really. This brings me to my next point which is probably my main point of this review which is WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WAS THAT!!?!?! You know, I think I could deal with the main character being super, duper freaking annoying if at least, her and the love interest had some sort of chemistry. BUT NO! As I’ve gone over, Henley is very rude and ungrateful to Graeme virtually all the time, and their banter is basically nonexistent. However, what really doesn’t make sense is why Graeme likes Henley. I genuinely do not understand it. It’s bizarre, really, how he talks like he’s loved her for so long like they know each super well (they don’t) and then in the last chapters she basically thinks to herself that she loves him too, although none of her actions have reflected that. I mean, Graeme himself doesn’t have much going for him either. Sure, he’s *nice*. Yet, that’s the thing. If you actually dig deeper into his character, you end up figuring it out that he has no personality as he’s as tasteless as a bland slice of white bread. To make matters worse, the only thing I was actually looking forward to after reading more than half of the book, aka the sex scene, doesn’t even happen! Look, I’m not saying that just because this is an adult romance there have to be explicit sex scenes, BUT the author makes it seem like there will be. There’s a scene where Henley and Graham are in her room about to do the deed, however, they are interrupted TWICE: once by Nikolai (it was very awkward to read, if you were wondering) and the second time by someone working at the cruise. After they both leave, nothing ends up happening anyway because Henley gets mad at Graeme for reasons I cannot be bothered to try to recall. The thing is there’s another instance when it seemed like maybe there would be a sex scene but then you don’t get to read anything about it. It’s not even fade to black or anything: one of them just suggests something like “oh we have a lot of time” since they are alone at Henley’s flat, I think, and then the story moves on. How disappointing was that? Finally, I just have to point this out because it kind of irked me. Basically, one of Henley’s girl friends is in a relationship with another woman and they end up getting pregnant and everything. You might be thinking… what the hell is wrong with that? Are you homophobic or something, Susana? And no, of freaking course not. My problem is that it felt so forced like the author was trying to include some sort of diversity in the story to make up for both of her main characters being white cishet people. Especially when you look at the fact that nothing really ends up happening with these two side characters and that I’m pretty sure that it is implied that Nikolai’s travelling buddy is not straight (at least that’s what I got from a conversation he had with Henley). LGBTQ+ people are not here to be tokens for diversity, we’re our own individuals with our own lives and problems to deal with. If you could include a whole subplot about Henley’s stupid boss, you could have made an effort to actually develop the few diverse characters you have in this book, or is that too much to ask? In summary, this book really ground my gears (if you somehow couldn't tell). I guess that’s what I get for being naive enough to think it could be the perfect combo of two of my favourite novels. My advice is: don’t read it; but if you do, don’t go into thinking it’s going to be a brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never-the-same, totally unique, completely-not-ever-done-before romance. Unless you mean uniquely trashy, then, in that case, you're probably right.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a romance/contemporary/chick-lit/women's fiction book. I cannot put into words how much I love this book. This book was so freaking cute and sweet. I love the two main characters Henley Evans and Graeme Crawford-Collins. The romance was so burning. Henley started out the book hating Graeme because of a misunderstanding that happen years ago. Henley and Graeme ended up going over the same promotion, and the ending was the best. I have hear this compared to the Unhoneymooners personally th This is a romance/contemporary/chick-lit/women's fiction book. I cannot put into words how much I love this book. This book was so freaking cute and sweet. I love the two main characters Henley Evans and Graeme Crawford-Collins. The romance was so burning. Henley started out the book hating Graeme because of a misunderstanding that happen years ago. Henley and Graeme ended up going over the same promotion, and the ending was the best. I have hear this compared to the Unhoneymooners personally this book was so much better then the unhoneymooners. If you are looking for a slow moving romance book that is to sweet and cute with great characters then this is the book for you. I really love this book so much. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Gallery Books) or author (Angie Hockamn) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    What a fun book! I’ve seen this book described many times as THE HATING GAME meets THE UNHONEYMOONERS and I’d have to say that is a very accurate description. A delightful enemies to lovers tale set on the high seas. Henley works for a cruise line in the marketing department. She is a diligent worker and is convinced that an upcoming promotion is hers, after all who has worked harder for this than her? When Henley‘s boss brings up the promotion she is surprised to find out someone else is in the What a fun book! I’ve seen this book described many times as THE HATING GAME meets THE UNHONEYMOONERS and I’d have to say that is a very accurate description. A delightful enemies to lovers tale set on the high seas. Henley works for a cruise line in the marketing department. She is a diligent worker and is convinced that an upcoming promotion is hers, after all who has worked harder for this than her? When Henley‘s boss brings up the promotion she is surprised to find out someone else is in the running, and she is furious to find out it is her cocky enemy Graham. To make matters worse now Henley has to go on a cruise with her foe Graham. The thing is as Henley begins to get to know Graham better she realizes he’s nothing like she thought he was. He’s actually kind of a good guy and he’s not too bad to look at either. What’s Henley to do? Follow her heart or her ambition? A large portion of the story takes place in the gorgeous Galápagos Islands. Loved the part the natural beauty and habitat of this region was featured in the book. I also really appreciated the nod to environmental issues throughout the story. Both Henley and Graham were great characters. But I have to admit it took longer to warm up to Henley than it did Graham. The banter between these two was fabulous and the chemistry was off the charts. There were so many wonderful secondary characters in the story including Henley‘s sister, who I would love to see a future book about. The perfect romcom escape! This book in emojis 🛳 📹 🦭 🦎 🦩 ☀️ *** Big thank you to Gallery Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Angie Hockman's newest book, Shipped , is a fun, emotional, enemies-to-lovers rom-com which tackled some serious issues along the way. Rom-com fans, what’s your favorite trope? I’m partial to enemies-to-lovers when there’s a real reason one doesn’t like the other, and I also love friends-to-lovers and fake dating. Henley (yes, like the shirt) Evans is a list-maker, a goal-setter. She has to be in order to pursue her MBA and succeed in her marketing job for a cruise line. The constant thorn in h Angie Hockman's newest book, Shipped , is a fun, emotional, enemies-to-lovers rom-com which tackled some serious issues along the way. Rom-com fans, what’s your favorite trope? I’m partial to enemies-to-lovers when there’s a real reason one doesn’t like the other, and I also love friends-to-lovers and fake dating. Henley (yes, like the shirt) Evans is a list-maker, a goal-setter. She has to be in order to pursue her MBA and succeed in her marketing job for a cruise line. The constant thorn in her side is the company’s social media specialist, Graeme Crawford-Collins, who works remotely but never fails to anger her. They’re constantly battling over email over him getting to the things she asks of him, not to mention the smarmy way he sucks up to their boss. When Henley finds out she’s being considered for a major promotion, she’s thrilled—and then she finds out her competition is Graeme. They each have to put together a proposal on how to increase bookings for the company's Galapagos cruises—and in order to do that, they both have to go on one of the cruises. Together. Henley desperately wants this promotion and doesn’t want to lose to Graeme. But the more time she spends with him, she realizes she might have been wrong about him, and he’s never understood why she hates him. Is she working for something that really will make her happy, at the expense of someone who could? Does she even want this job? Well, you know what’s going to happen. But along the way there’s humor, romance, family issues, steam, and even some exploration of dealing with grief and workplace discrimination. It all adds up to a terrific book, plus I must add the Galapagos to my bucket list of places to visit!! Shipped is definitely a great rom-com to add to your list!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a cute read, perfect for summer as it takes place on the Galápagos island. I did enjoy the romance but didn't love it and honestly I wanted more of it. I did love that Henley was very ambitious in her career and works hard and it shows. Overall it was cute but I didn't love it. This was a cute read, perfect for summer as it takes place on the Galápagos island. I did enjoy the romance but didn't love it and honestly I wanted more of it. I did love that Henley was very ambitious in her career and works hard and it shows. Overall it was cute but I didn't love it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    This book relied heavily on miscommunication as a plot device like that’s not rivals to lovers that’s just the mc being a stupid idiot annoying petty little trash goblin ass little bitch.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    This book is marketed as The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game, and never has a comparison been more accurate. This book is exactly what happens if those two books got together and had a child. Unfortunately, the child just didn't live up to the greatness of its parents.  Still, it was a generally good read. RTC **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagra This book is marketed as The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game, and never has a comparison been more accurate. This book is exactly what happens if those two books got together and had a child. Unfortunately, the child just didn't live up to the greatness of its parents.  Still, it was a generally good read. RTC **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    This book was really fun! I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands so I loved the setting of this book and that fact that it also gave an education on the environment and animals that live there. I was immediately attracted to this story because I love the hate to love trope and am a big fan of The Hating Game and Unhoneymooners. Although Shipped did not live up to its predecessors in my opinion, it was still a fun and light summer read. Graeme and Henley are pitted against each other This book was really fun! I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands so I loved the setting of this book and that fact that it also gave an education on the environment and animals that live there. I was immediately attracted to this story because I love the hate to love trope and am a big fan of The Hating Game and Unhoneymooners. Although Shipped did not live up to its predecessors in my opinion, it was still a fun and light summer read. Graeme and Henley are pitted against each other before even meeting as they are competing for the same promotion and find themselves on the same cruise to draft proposals to win their promotion. I would have liked a little more tension and angst between Henley and Graeme. It felt like they got together a little too easily for me but it was still a fun escape. Henley was really driven in her career but not to a ridiculous point where it overshadowed who she is which I have found in some other novels. She was really likable and Graeme was adorable. You couldn’t not like him and they had good chemistry overall. The romance took center stage in this book but I absolutely loved the sister relationship as well. The cruise ship was a fun backdrop and I really enjoyed the supporting characters. I am excited to have discovered Angie Hockman and would definitely read more from her in the future. Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was cute but I wasn’t IN LOVE with it. I wish that there was MORE focus on the budding relationship of the main characters versus other topics/characters. Im not sure if this book was promoted as a “rom-com” but if so I didn’t laugh very much. If it was referenced as “romance” I needed more steamy and less cutesy. The flirty parts seemed a little forced and corny for me too. But I did enjoy reading it and I could easily envision this becoming a movie. Full review to come. 3.5 ⭐️ rounded up This book was cute but I wasn’t IN LOVE with it. I wish that there was MORE focus on the budding relationship of the main characters versus other topics/characters. Im not sure if this book was promoted as a “rom-com” but if so I didn’t laugh very much. If it was referenced as “romance” I needed more steamy and less cutesy. The flirty parts seemed a little forced and corny for me too. But I did enjoy reading it and I could easily envision this becoming a movie. Full review to come. 3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4 ⭐️ for Goodreads.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angie Hockman

    I'm preeeetty biased (since I wrote the book and all, ha!), but I do love SHIPPED. It's the rom-com of my heart, and I'm so excited to introduce readers to Henley and Graeme and the wonders of the Galapagos. I hope folks enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it! I'm preeeetty biased (since I wrote the book and all, ha!), but I do love SHIPPED. It's the rom-com of my heart, and I'm so excited to introduce readers to Henley and Graeme and the wonders of the Galapagos. I hope folks enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Blurb: The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game......... Me: Blurb: The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game......... Me:

  19. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Shipped by Angie Hockman Contemporary romcom. Enemies to friends to love interest. Written in Present tense. Henley is ambitious. She is putting 100% into her job, working on her MBA, and loves crossing items off her daily task list. When the opportunity opens for a job promotion, she’s going to create the perfect pitch that will get her the job. More importantly, she needs to beat the competition, her office nemesis, Graeme The Rotten Troll. He’s been curt and part of the boys club with the boss Shipped by Angie Hockman Contemporary romcom. Enemies to friends to love interest. Written in Present tense. Henley is ambitious. She is putting 100% into her job, working on her MBA, and loves crossing items off her daily task list. When the opportunity opens for a job promotion, she’s going to create the perfect pitch that will get her the job. More importantly, she needs to beat the competition, her office nemesis, Graeme The Rotten Troll. He’s been curt and part of the boys club with the boss since he started. Henley and Graeme end up on a company cruise ship to experience the guest experience to the Galápagos Islands. Forced proximity changes everything. I wasn’t so sure about the heroine for much of the book. Busy, and focused all over the place. At least twice I thought she bumbled. But wow, she steps up in the end. Strong and powerful, with the support of good friends and realizing there is more to life than she’s been living. A bit of glass ceiling bashing. Graeme was consistently helpful, supportive and a true hero. The lip-sync battle of Take a Chance On Me by ABBA was adorable. I’ve been on a couple of cruises but nothing so intimate as detailed in this book. The descriptions of the Galápagos Islands and its wildlife and gorgeous views put this trip on my bucket list. It’s sounds so enchanting. The afterward by the author is inspiring and worth reading and considering. Loved the full story. Engaging, sweet and positive. Excerpt: “Graeme looks up as I approach. The waning sunlight catches his face and the hedgehogs pummel on my rib cage. The most genuine, soul stirring smile forms and his entire aspect brightens when his eyes meet mine. My steps falter. No one’s ever looked at me like that before — like I’m the sunrise after a long winters night. Or the first present on Christmas morning. It’s like you see in the movies, and from Graeme, it’s devastating.” Excerpt from Shipped by Angie Hockman Thanks to the publisher of Gallery Books for the ARC. I also purchased a copy of this book to share.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    This book didn't start on the right foot. I just want to tell publishers to be careful when comparing a book to the Hating Game, because it can do things to draw direct comparisons. I am not going to spend time there, though I am happy at some point to discuss. I will start with this book for its own merits. The heroine (told in first-person POV), Henley, is in marketing. There's a lot of details around her job. Most of them come in the form of a choppy inventoried style. "I got up, dressed for This book didn't start on the right foot. I just want to tell publishers to be careful when comparing a book to the Hating Game, because it can do things to draw direct comparisons. I am not going to spend time there, though I am happy at some point to discuss. I will start with this book for its own merits. The heroine (told in first-person POV), Henley, is in marketing. There's a lot of details around her job. Most of them come in the form of a choppy inventoried style. "I got up, dressed for work in x,y,and z, did my mascara, put on my purple lipstick. Then I sat down and peed and flushed the toilet" (This isn't a direct quote, but how I felt reading it.) I love details. However, details should serve the story,setting, emotion in some way or they are extraneous. This book needed a heavier hand in editing, and in the end, is really only a novella without the banal inner workings and cataloging of thoughts and actions of Henley. Then there's the characters themselves. Henley isn't just prickly. She defensive and unlikable without clear cut motivations. She seemed pretty petty and mean, in my opinion. At one point, in the first chapter, we meet her neighbors: she can never remember which is which-Sophie and Sophia-but then is irritated her neighbor calls her "Hannah." Henley is going for a promotion that at various times she was made for, not excited about, knew she was going to get, and quickly finds out her competition will be Michigan-based (she's in Seattle) work from home nemesis Graeme. Once she finds out he'll be competing she believes she has no chance due to the good ol' boys-her boss favors Graeme-yet a chapter later she is making plans about her increased paycheck. Graeme and Henley got off on the wrong foot because he didn't mention he was on the phone in her boss's office at one point, and he seemed to take credit for her work. Since then he's maintained their boss's favor. Then end up on a cruise together, and she's consistently aggressive toward him. It's so painfully obvious he's a decent person, who really seems to like her for some unknown (at this point) reason. Even she thinks that. So motivations are lacking and all I can think "oh, she's just not likely to be a great person." Over and over again-again the narrative style is essentially being blasted with details that are not adding to the story-she tells us "oh that was pretty nice of him," all while continuing to attempt to hate him. Which brings me to another thing. There's a not perfect gentleman on a cruise with his older friend who has taken to Henley, who is traveling at this point with her sister Walsh, who she's awful to. Her inner thoughts about Nikolai are atrocious. Not because she's not wanting to get hit on, but because he's unattractive so everything he does is also unattractive. Throughout the cruise, Henley and Graeme are preparing their presentations. There's some weak elements here in that I don't know how to care if Henley gets the job since Graeme seems to really want it-and Henley just thinks she deserves it. Therefore, this does not create any level of tension for the plot of the story. Nonetheless, they have shared experiences, but it doesn't seem to progress their relationship in an organic way. More like the author wanted them to do something romantic together. In all this mess, Walsh begins hitting on Graeme, and Henley is also kind of horrible to her sister. But there's the secondary plots that come out of nowhere, and get resolved just as quickly that I have to think they are there to manipulate our feelings. And the workplace piece? I'm not touching it. I have to say that this is why I sometimes struggle with contemporaries. It all had to wrap up too neatly for HEA. I thought the challenges were real, I've been there, I just thought the solution lacked a bit of awareness. Ultimately, I could see some promise. With heavier editing and more focus, maybe this would have sung. I don't know. Without the proper touch, enemies-to-lovers can sure feel juvenile. The conflict and motivations were unconvincing, and so was the narrative. Ultimately, a disappointment. Onward to my next arc with water-based cover and title. 1.75 stars Thanks to netgalley & the publisher for this arc, which has not affected my review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Yes, yes, yes this was literally one of the cutest and funniest romantic comedies that I’ve read. The blurb of this book says it is a mix between The Unhoneymooners and The Hating Game, while I haven’t read The Hating Game yes, I can confirm this is just as funny and cute as The Unhoneymooners. I loved the plot of this book, the enemies to lovers, and the characters. It was really everything that I look for in a r Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Yes, yes, yes this was literally one of the cutest and funniest romantic comedies that I’ve read. The blurb of this book says it is a mix between The Unhoneymooners and The Hating Game, while I haven’t read The Hating Game yes, I can confirm this is just as funny and cute as The Unhoneymooners. I loved the plot of this book, the enemies to lovers, and the characters. It was really everything that I look for in a romance. Henley and Graeme work together at the same cruise ship company. They have only ever met through skype because Graeme works from home states away. Henley does not like Graeme in the least and they are really just archenemies at work. It just so happens they are both up for the same promotion at work, to get the promotion they both have to go on a work cruise and write up how to bring in more revenue to the company. It’s Henley’s worst nightmare, but she wants the promotion so she will do anything. Let’s first talk about the witty banter between Henley and Graeme. It was everything, I mean just from the first couple of chapters I was straight up laughing because they were so cute and funny. Once they meet for the first time on the cruise, their banter gets even better. If a book can make me laugh out loud, I would say it’s a pretty great book. The slow burn enemies to lovers trope was amazing, and paired with their dry sense of humor I just couldn’t get enough. While this focuses on Henley and Graeme, I really did like and enjoy the side characters. At first, I really did not like Henley’s sister, but by the end she had completely grown on me as did all the characters. I really enjoyed the plot of this book and Henley’s personality. Not to mention I think we could all us a hot, kind, and caring Graeme in our lives. I really hope this book takes off and becomes the next big thing because it is definitely worthy of awards.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    My Rating: 5 stars Genre Romantic Comedy So, I haven’t been in the mood to read lately which is a bunch of crap because I love reading so much. Even this book which I have enjoyed IMMENSELY hasn’t fully taken me out of my book slump. No matter though, I am here to give my review because I absolutely POSITIVELY fell in love with this book! Shipped is such a FUN read as it combines an enemies-to-lovers trope, tropical islands, and excursions that I want to go on RIGHT NOW, and a darling love story My Rating: 5 stars Genre Romantic Comedy So, I haven’t been in the mood to read lately which is a bunch of crap because I love reading so much. Even this book which I have enjoyed IMMENSELY hasn’t fully taken me out of my book slump. No matter though, I am here to give my review because I absolutely POSITIVELY fell in love with this book! Shipped is such a FUN read as it combines an enemies-to-lovers trope, tropical islands, and excursions that I want to go on RIGHT NOW, and a darling love story. Honestly, I recommend everyone going out and buying this book now! It’s a cure for the winter blues! Getting lost in this novel won’t be hard for anyone. You get relatable characters, a summertime theme, and the cutest dramatic moments around! When I say dramatic moments don’t worry, I don’t mean the angst! Just cute little fights and misunderstandings that will have us rolling our eyes and laughing at the same time. I love a cutesy book, and this is that exactly! I’m going to keep my review short on here because I don’t have a ton to say right now (my reading slump seems to have turned into a review slump too) but I do want to recommend this book to everyone who needs a lighthearted and charming read. You can’t go wrong with it! I hope the author plans to write Walsh’s book next because I’d love to see what her love story looks like (and if she ever took the job) 😊

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eva K (journeyofthepages)

    Shipped by Angie Hockman is the perfect debut novel! I adored this story! This was not only an entertaining romantic comedy of the enemies to lovers trope but also a story about a strong independent woman battling corporate misogyny. There is also a sweet storyline of sisterhood and the importance of friends and family. Overall the story is touching and fun but it carries enough depth to it, addressing more sensitive topics, that it never felt one dimensional or superficial.  The story takes plac Shipped by Angie Hockman is the perfect debut novel! I adored this story! This was not only an entertaining romantic comedy of the enemies to lovers trope but also a story about a strong independent woman battling corporate misogyny. There is also a sweet storyline of sisterhood and the importance of friends and family. Overall the story is touching and fun but it carries enough depth to it, addressing more sensitive topics, that it never felt one dimensional or superficial.  The story takes place mostly on an adventure cruise to the Galapagos islands. The author does a fantastic job transporting the reader to this magical place! Clearly having done her own research, Hockman describes the islands, plant life and animals with so much color that you can't help but ache to visit. Be sure to read the author's note at the end to fully appreciate why this takes place in the Galapagos.  As a romance the love story is a believable slow burn with realistic tension and chemistry. Both Henley and Graeme, the protagonists, are well developed characters with great backstories and a lot of personality. The dialogue is witty, sarcastic and sweet. Henley's sister is equally developed and plays a role that adds a lot to the comic relief. Many of the interactions between characters are written so realistically that I could see myself having similar conversations with loved ones and friends or coworkers.  This is really such a great book! It is described as "The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game"... I haven't read either but now I definitely will!  Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Books and Angie Hockman for an ecopy of this book for review!  Thank you for reading my review on Goodreads! Follow me on Instagram (@journeyofthepages) for further bookish engagement! www.instragram.com/journeyofthepages I hope to meet you there!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a really fun read! The main characters trip to the Galapagos gave me major FOMO but I thought this was a sweet story that I read very quickly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Compared to The Hating Game & The Unhoneymooners, books I still need to read, Shipped is an enemies to lovers taking place on the Galápagos island. i did enjoy the location of Seattle and Galapagos, I thought that was a fun setting to escape to while reading this in rainy Southern California. I thought Graeme and Henley’s romance was cute but the reason for being enemies fell short for me. They are both in the same position for the same job but she hated him due to a miscommunication of an error Compared to The Hating Game & The Unhoneymooners, books I still need to read, Shipped is an enemies to lovers taking place on the Galápagos island. i did enjoy the location of Seattle and Galapagos, I thought that was a fun setting to escape to while reading this in rainy Southern California. I thought Graeme and Henley’s romance was cute but the reason for being enemies fell short for me. They are both in the same position for the same job but she hated him due to a miscommunication of an error in technology. That was so.. disappointing to me and not really worth something to be enemies over. Granted, this is fun for a debut novel. I liked that Henley was very determined in her career and worked hard. I also liked the way everything wrapped up in the end. Thank you to both Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha (tab.talks.books)

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Ommmmmgggggosh. Such a cute enemies to lovers read, which are my fav. There’s Henley and her disfinctional sister Walsh—cool names for girls which made the story interesting. Then there’s Graeme pronounced Graham like the cracker which took me forever to get until the author had Henley make it a point to let us know how to pronounce his name lol. They are both in digital marketing and are both up for the same promotion. Their boss is a huge misogynistic man. He has them both go on a cru ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Ommmmmgggggosh. Such a cute enemies to lovers read, which are my fav. There’s Henley and her disfinctional sister Walsh—cool names for girls which made the story interesting. Then there’s Graeme pronounced Graham like the cracker which took me forever to get until the author had Henley make it a point to let us know how to pronounce his name lol. They are both in digital marketing and are both up for the same promotion. Their boss is a huge misogynistic man. He has them both go on a cruise on one of their travel agency ships and see who can write up the better proposal and evidentially win the promotion. Love starts to happen and it’s just a perfect unraveling of their story. The ending is what I expected but also not really? A cute read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "Graeme is, objectively, speaking, a total snack. Too bad his personality is more like week-old leftovers." A hilarious and fun debut romcom featuring frenemies-to-lovers! REVIEW I fell head-over-heels in love with this book. It is pitched at The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game, and I think that is a really cute way to explain this book. Graeme and Henley are more frenemies-to-lovers than enemies-to-lovers. This is because, like The Hating Game, Henley does not like Graeme because of misc "Graeme is, objectively, speaking, a total snack. Too bad his personality is more like week-old leftovers." A hilarious and fun debut romcom featuring frenemies-to-lovers! REVIEW I fell head-over-heels in love with this book. It is pitched at The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game, and I think that is a really cute way to explain this book. Graeme and Henley are more frenemies-to-lovers than enemies-to-lovers. This is because, like The Hating Game, Henley does not like Graeme because of miscommunication when he first started the job. Graeme, however, has no qualms about Henley and is confused at her animosity. It was so much fun seeing the sexual tension rise between them and I found myself squealing at the scenes where they would flirt and brush arms. This is *not* a steamy romance - while it has some of the best sexual tension I have read, the only on-page intimacy is kissing. If you are someone that puts your all-and-more into your work and achieving your goals, you will relate to Henley. She is someone who makes a to-do list every day, and makes sure she crosses off everything before bed. However, her determination to be the best and micro-manage her life has led to her not really "living" her life. A majority of the cruise is about Henley learning that it is okay to take time for herself; that she doesn't have to be doing something productive every second of every day. Graeme is a cinnamon-roll and I adored the crap out of him. I found myself quickly falling for his effortless charm alongside all the women on the cruise-ship. Graeme is so sweet and understanding of Henley, and while she has her flaws, he understands them. This book had me laughing aloud constantly. It has become one of my favourite romcoms because of the hilarity. There is one scene toward the end where I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. Yes, some of the scenes may appear a little cheesy, but I loved them. I loved the female-friendship in this book and how positive it was! Henley has an amazing group of friends and I could feel their love for her. Additionally, Henley's younger sister has a large role in the book. They have a very unique dynamic and I loved how their relationship developed during the novel. A little over half the book was set on the Galápagos cruise itself. As someone who has never been on a cruise (my mother despises them) I found myself enamoured with the setting. I was surprised by how in-depth this book got on topics such as anxiety, grief, abuse, sexism, and overworking oneself. The level of care given to these topics made me really appreciate the book and it added a depth to the characters that I rarely see in romcoms. Overall, I would highly recommend this book. TW: deep-water phobia/anxiety, abusive/manipulative relationship (not between main couple), loss of a loved one (I received a copy for review from the publisher but all thoughts are my own)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    Not since ‘You Deserve Each Other’ did any book ever come to par with ‘The Hating Game’ and when the blurb of ‘Shipped’ was released, I was like YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! This might be the next big thing but… yes there is a but—it didn’t live up to the hype and now all the hopes and dreams I had had for this love child is now shattered and blown to smithereens. Sure, it’s justifiable as to why this book is marketed for fans of ‘The Unhoneymooners’ by Christina Lauren and ‘The Hating Game’ Not since ‘You Deserve Each Other’ did any book ever come to par with ‘The Hating Game’ and when the blurb of ‘Shipped’ was released, I was like YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! This might be the next big thing but… yes there is a but—it didn’t live up to the hype and now all the hopes and dreams I had had for this love child is now shattered and blown to smithereens. Sure, it’s justifiable as to why this book is marketed for fans of ‘The Unhoneymooners’ by Christina Lauren and ‘The Hating Game’ by Sally Throne. They all share the same elements: enemies turned lovers/arch-nemesis, bitter rivalry, misunderstandings, family drama, and yada yada yada. And what set this novel apart was the fact that it failed to deliver. It was easy to follow, straightforward and had all the elements I usually gravitate towards. What essentially makes or breaks a novel are the characters and the romance which is what killed this read for me. It lacked depth, there was little to no build-up and the tension was laughable at best. And lets talk about how there were pretty much zero interactions between Graeme and Henley (unique names I give it that) besides the generic work meeting that happened once a week (with the hero tuning in remotely) prior to the cruise. How would anyone consider them ‘bitter rivals’? It just didn’t do it for me and though I wouldn’t say it was terrible (it was cute to some degree), I will probably forget everything that happened in this book within a week. Overall, it was a meh and unmemorable read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Creya

    Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Duuuuuudddeeeee. This book was freaking GOOD. Shipped is a super realistic workplace romance. We follow Henley and Graeme as they vie for the same promotion at a major cruise line. The two are sent to the Galápagos to each develop their own marketing plans. Yup, you guessed it... it’s an enemies to lovers! And a damn good one at that. Every single character was so likeable. I reall Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Duuuuuudddeeeee. This book was freaking GOOD. Shipped is a super realistic workplace romance. We follow Henley and Graeme as they vie for the same promotion at a major cruise line. The two are sent to the Galápagos to each develop their own marketing plans. Yup, you guessed it... it’s an enemies to lovers! And a damn good one at that. Every single character was so likeable. I really felt for Henley as she balanced working full-time AND going for her MBA... I cranked through the working grad school life, too. Her fun-loving sister plays a large role in the story as well, and I loved hearing about her work bestie’s recent Bumble dates. Girls club, anyone? Heck, even the cruise attendees were great! This book shows that good things can happen when we stop worrying about the future and focus on the now. It also includes underlying discussions surrounding domestic violence and the male-dominated workplace. Now get me on a cruise to the Galápagos!

  30. 4 out of 5

    RateTheRomance

    *slow clap for this author's debut novel* Angie Hockman certainly made a splash with her first novel (see what I did there? My teens would be so embarrassed)! But, dad jokes aside, this book is FANTASTIC! Described as "The Hating Game" meetings "The Unhoneymooners" and that pretty much sums it up. It's Enemies to Lovers, workplace romance, on a vacation cruise ship! Henley is a great lead female. She is smart, driven, kind, and relatable. It is sometimes hard to stomach her allowing herself to be *slow clap for this author's debut novel* Angie Hockman certainly made a splash with her first novel (see what I did there? My teens would be so embarrassed)! But, dad jokes aside, this book is FANTASTIC! Described as "The Hating Game" meetings "The Unhoneymooners" and that pretty much sums it up. It's Enemies to Lovers, workplace romance, on a vacation cruise ship! Henley is a great lead female. She is smart, driven, kind, and relatable. It is sometimes hard to stomach her allowing herself to be steamrolled at work by her slimy misogynist boss, but as hard as that is to READ I think it is very true to real life. It's so easy to get mad at book characters and say "SPEAK UP!", but so many women (myself included) have stayed silent in similar work situations to "keep the peace". Henley also is surrounded by a wonderful group of supportive girlfriends and female colleagues, which I always love to read in Romances. Female friendships FOR THE WIN! This book also included some great family relationships that are complex and filled with love, even among misunderstanding. Graeme is a super-sweet lead character. We see a lot of his kindness, but also his internal struggles as the book progresses. He's so swoony! *feminine sigh* This book was humorous, but not laugh out loud funny to me (but everyone's humor is different). I also wished there was a bit more hate-banter between these two. The "hate" portion of their Enemies to Lovers is pretty light and fairly one-sided. It's also cleared up fairly quickly. Overall this is a GREAT read and a wonderful first book for an author I can't wait to read more from! RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS STEAM LEVEL: Rated PG-13 TRIGGERS: Workplace inequality, mention of domestic abuse, gas-lighting, fatal ALS, death of parent Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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